Painters paint the town for Carmel on Canvas

Artists are painting on the streets of Carmel this weekend. (WTHR/Rich Nye)

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) - Artists are invading Carmel this weekend.

Almost 80 painters set up easels on the sidewalks and let their brushes paint the town for "Carmel on Canvas." Painters spread out in the Arts and Design District, Midtown and City Hall Japanese Gardens.

"What we want to do is have people in Carmel and our guests visiting Carmel see all these painters on the street," said City of Carmel Project Manager Kelli Prader. "It's just an amazing vibe."

This is the sixth year for Carmel on Canvas, a plein air event, an open-air painting exhibition and competition. That means the artists must work outside.

Kathleen Gray Farthing from Ohio painted the Palladium in Carmel Friday. (WTHR/Rich Nye)

Kathleen Gray Farthing from Alliance, Ohio, has traveled the country for plein air events. She painted the Palladium with plants in the foreground on Friday morning, while workers made a racket behind her working on a new building.

"When you're there and you're feeling the hot sun, or the misty rain, the construction," said Gray Farthing. "You're right there in the moment."

Artists have two days to complete their artworks before judging and the awards ceremony Saturday night. More than $11,000 will be awarded in prizes with best in show receiving $3,000.

Five locations are offering purchase awards, where the sponsor buys their favorite painting of the establishment for a listed money prize ranging from $250-$500. Most artists will complete multiple paintings this weekend, hoping to sell them on Sunday.

"It's really refreshing and it's fun, like I met the lady who lives in the house I'm painting, and she came up and took a peek,” said Lesley Haflich, an artist from Noblesville. "People will stroll by and take a look and see what you're doing. So that's fun. It's nice to get fresh air."

Carmel on Canvas artwork is for sale at the art fair Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Artists' Lane at Main Street and 2nd Avenue Northwest.

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